Friday, May 15, 2009

What would you do?

AH! I've had this post sitting in draft for about a month now, but when I came back to finish it I see that almost half of what I wrote is gone. I've recreated part of the post, but I know that I can't remember a lot of it, so if it seems jumbled I am sorry.

There is something that I have been mulling over in my head for a while and I just need to write it down and think about it some more.

Around the middle of February Impact co-op was registering children for their Spring classes. I saw that they have a Nursery class, infants to 2 years-old the preschool class doesn't start until 3 years-old. This class doesn't cost any money, unlike the preschool class. I volunteered to help in this class, to watch and make sure Jasmine was okay with the class, but to also meet other parents who were going to/are homeschooling there children. I got this e-mail in reply...

"You signed up Jasmine for the nursery on Wednesdays at the co-op. I am sorry to tell you that we do not open nursery up for families that do not have other children taking classes at the co-op. This is available strictly as a convenience for our families while their older children are in classes.

However, we will be more than happy to see you in a couple of years when Jasmine reaches preschool/kindergarten age."

The wording of this sentence really bothers me, "This is available strictly as a convenience for our families while their older children are in classes."

It bothers me because it implies that we, me, Jasmine and my husband, are not a homeschooling family because Jasmine is not old enough to go to the co-op's preschool. I hate that. I hate that I am dismissed from homeschooling in this woman's mind as a homeschooler because Jasmine is not old enough for me to have to worry about filling out a letter of intent to homeschool.

Honestly? It makes me not want to spend any money at Impact co-op. Eagle co-op is closer to us and so far, has been much more friendly to us. I hope someone who does attend Impact co-op sees this and mentions it to the woman who wrote the e-mail. If she sees it, I hope that she actually thinks about what she is writing.

The wording really irritates me, but am I putting way too much thought into this? What are your honest opinions please?

Just a note, your opinions won't change what I do, my thinking maybe, and I have been reading a lot of articles on discrimination, which may be effecting my thinking.
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